Monthly Archives: July 2016

Better Than 20 Years Ago

  While in Venice this summer, I inadvertently ran into an old friend, Diego. He is a gondolier who I met in 1997 when I was researching and writing my book Free Gondola Ride about Venice’s gondoliers. On the same … Continue reading

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Redefining Beauty Videos: Cencia Scarpariola

ABWIV Cencia Scarpariola I look so worried in the thumbnail shot on this video! But do not fear–there’s nothing to fret over in this post! Here I bring you the story of Cencia Scarpariola, which this street on the island … Continue reading

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Silent Lightning

Ten o’clock at night on a hot, humid day in Venice. I had just washed my hair and decided to go for a walk to let it dry. I was staying near the Piazza San Marco. Why not walk through … Continue reading

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Dancing with San Giacomo

I managed to make it to two of the evenings of music at this year’s festa di San Giacomo dell’Orio. The festival raises money for the parish, and though that may be the main goal for putting it on, it’s … Continue reading

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Redentore Regatta Report

Yesterday afternoon I headed across the Redentore bridge once again in order to watch the regattas. The races included the giovanissimi (the young men) in the pupparino, the men in the pupparino, and the gondola with two rowers. Here’s what … Continue reading

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Redentore Report!

Yesterday, all of Venice celebrated the end of the Bubonic Plague. We’re so glad it ended so many years ago! Actually, I’m guessing that many revelers are more interested in drinking prosecco and eating watermelon and watching the fireworks and … Continue reading

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Il Pensatore

At Ca’ Pesaro, the other modern art museum besides the Guggenheim, everyone seems to be thinking deeply… And thinking… What are they thinking about? Must be something deep. Or something peaceful? How will we ever know? Perhaps these two have … Continue reading

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